G20 will be about Donald Trump and his tariffs – but China will dominate the new world order

Lightspring / Shutterstock Tensions loom over Argentina, which plays host to the 2018 summit of the G20 starting on November 30. The G20 is an international forum of the EU and the heads of state of 19 major economies, which discusses global economic challenges. And the challenges are mounting. Globalisation is in reverse, as the …

You may not actually own your Bitcoin – legal expert

shutterstoc Tiratus Phaesuwan/Shutterstock The price of Bitcoin has dropped by 75% in the past year, so anyone who invested heavily at the peak will have lost a lot of money. And now there’s more bad news for crypto-currency investors to worry about: they may not legally own the digital assets they have purchased. My colleagues …

How a ‘Ukraine-plus’ Brexit deal could solve Theresa May’s problems

Shutterstock For all the debate, uproar and resignations over the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU, it’s worth remembering that the future EU-UK trade deal has not yet been decided. This will only be negotiated in detail after the UK leaves the EU on March 29 2019. What it will look like is …

Why I quit my day job researching happiness and started cycling to Bhutan

Christopher Boyce, CC BY-ND I’d had enough. It was October 2017, and I’d been wondering what the point of my job was for far too long, and while I’m sure there was something meaningful somewhere and to someone in what I was doing day-to-day, it had certainly lost meaning for me. For all the good …

Airport security threats: combating the enemy within

Shutterstock Since the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the US, most travellers have got used to the sight of fortified airports around the world. Few people these days are surprised to see barriers and other physical protection measures around them, as well as the presence of armed police patrols. An airport is an enormous, complex operation, …

Fixed-odds betting machines are devastatingly addictive – why it’s right to cut maximum stakes

MPs rebelled, a minister resigned and the UK government was forced to change tack. No, this is not Brexit. It’s fixed-odds betting terminals(FOBTs), the incredibly addictive machines that are often found in betting shops. The government had promised to reduce the maximum stake that people playing FOBTs would be limited to just £2 per play …

We need to combat forced labour and in-work poverty – Brazil and India offer some lessons

Adam Cohn / flickr, CC BY-NC-ND The visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights to the UK is crystallising an unease about the state of working life. Work is fundamental to combating poverty. Yet, despite the employment rate remaining high, the UK is experiencing a worrying increase in the number …

Chocolate-maker Pernigotti on the brink: how Italy’s approach to corporate rescue is hurting the country

Choc horror. Pernigotti “Gianduiotti? Pernigotti!”. It’s one of Italy’s most enduring advertising slogans, entreating lovers of trapezoidal chocolate pralines to buy them from the company that invented them more than 90 years ago – Pernigotti. Most people have heard of Ferrero, which is also made in the northern Italian province of Piedmont. However, Pernigotti has …

Bitcoin’s high energy consumption is a concern – but it may be a price worth paying

Shutterstock Bitcoin recently turned ten years old. In that time, it has proved revolutionary because it ignores the need for modern money’s institutions to verify payments. Instead, Bitcoin relies on cryptographic techniques to prove identity and authenticity. However, the price to pay for all of this innovation is a high carbon footprint, created by Bitcoin …

What the racial equality movement can learn from the global fight for women’s rights

Diego G Diaz / Shutterstock.com Full equality might remain a distant goal, but the gender equality movement has made considerable progress internationally. The same cannot be said of racial equality. Campaigns tend to remain regional or national, rather than international, due to the complexity of ethnicity and the nuanced nature of racial categories. But there …